The Hot Springs Village Arts Council (VAC) will present the second annual Showcase of the Arts on Saturday, October 4, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
All members of the VAC will be available at the Ponce de Leon Center to answer any questions about their organizations.
There will be performances, tours and demonstrations all day. This is a one-stop-shopping for arts information in the Village.
Don't miss the fun!
Poets, don't miss out on the Poetry Contest. The Writers' Club is sponsoring a Poetry Contest. The winner will have the opportunity to read at the Showcase or have their poem read. The theme is "Starting Over."
This theme isn't as difficult as you may think. The flowers and trees start over every spring. I have recently started a book over three times because I'm distracted. A friend of mine forgets why she goes into a room, then goes back to where she was and starts over. We start portions of our life over all the time or we wish we could. I've started this email about a dozen times. This subject can be as broad as your imagination. So get out the pencils and start creating.
Send your poems or questions about the contest to Marlene Kloack at email@example.com or call her at 501-915-0494.
Writers’ Club members will have an opportunity to read their poetry at the Showcase of the Arts. If you would like to be put on a list to read your poetry on Oct. 4 (first come/ first served), please email Mary Lou Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS IS NOT THE POETRY CONTEST. THIS IS READING YOUR POETRY AT THE SHOWCASE.
The VWC will display information about our club at the Showcase. If you would like to volunteer your time to man the table and tell visitors about your club experience, please respond to Mary Lou Moran at email@example.com.
You can sign up for any amount of time that works for you. This is your chance to let the public know what our club is about.
AUTHORS: If you are an author, you may display one of your books at the Showcase. Contact Mary Lou and let her know or if you have questions, call her at 501-781-5886
The Big Rock Reading Series has announced some of its fall participants which include authors such as Janis Kearney, publisher and author; poets Steven D. Schroeder and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum; poet Megan Blankenship and prose writer Stacey Jones. Take advantage of these free presentations.
All events are held in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall, Camus Center, Main Campus (NLR) and are free and open to the public.
The Village Writers' Club will reconvene on Monday, September 22, 2014 in Room 6 of the Coronado Center from 1 -3 PM. John Anchor will discuss The Anatomy of a Mystery.
No reservations are required but please be prepared to donate $3 toward the room rental.
If you would like more information, contact VWC President Mary Lou Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Mary Lou Moran
Vice President: Marlene Kloack
Secretary: Madelyn Young
Treasurer: Melissa Sonnen
Past President (new office this year): Jerry Davis
We received notice from the Springfield Writer's Guild that their annual literary contest is underway and will end September 15th. It is open to anyone, anywhere. Some of our members have entered and won in the past.
The October meeting will feature Sandy Longhorn from Pulaski Tech speaking on how to publish your poetry. She will also tell us about writing courses at Pulaski.
ARKANSAS ~~ OUR HOME
The Free Verse Poetry Group of Mountain Home invites you to the Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas celebrating National Poetry Day in Arkansas 2014 in memory and honor of Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni.
The Fourth Thursday Author series has been renamed FOCCL PRESENTS, but the intent and format will remain the same.
2014 Local Author Series Presenters:
August 28: Robert Raines --- Hot Springs: From Capone to Costello
September 25: Sandy Lundin --- Dogs Who Serve
October 30: Walter Benjamin --- The Magical Years: A Boyhood Revisited
The FOCCL features a local published author the last Thursday of each month, January through October. Presentations are at 4 PM in Room 6 of the Coronado Center.
For more information, contact Judy Carroll, 922-5918
The November meeting will feature our own Madelyn Young speaking on "Sparking the Muse"
NANCY HOLDER submitted a family history story to the Keffer Writing Contest, a Canadian genealogical society sponsored site. Last month Nancy was notified that she had won first place. The first place award included a check that will cover her membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society for the next two years as well as publication of her story in the upcoming August 2014 issue of "Families." In addition, a sketch she had submitted to "AmericanAncestors" in 2009 is now on the members only website with the possibility that it will be included in the next volume of Western Massachusetts in the 1790's. In Nancy's words, "Persistence does pay off - and if we didn't write it and submit it none of this could have happened."
Winners at the Arkansas Writers' Conference
Second place in the Novel Review Award with her review of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Honorable Mention for her short story "Heroes"
Honorable Mention for her memoir "Heartsong"
MARY LOU MORAN incoming President of the Village Writers' Club, received six awards including:
First place Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas Award for “Joy,”
Second place Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas Award for “First Step,”
Second place Delta Poets Award for “The Chef,”
Third place Summer Vacation Award for “What I Did On My Summer Vacation,”
First Honorable Mention The Erdel Family Memorial Award for “Raindrops and Memories,”
Fifth Honorable Mention WOW! Press Award for “Don’t Look Up.”
JERRY DAVIS current President of the Village Writers’ Club, received First Place in the Short Dramatic Screenplay Award for The Mall Teaser’s Flamingo, a spoof of classic Film Noir.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Harding Stedler, poetry editor of MauMag, has offered an invitation to club members to submit poems to him for possible publication. The slick-covered quarterly magazine published in Maumelle. Every issue of MauMag is online if you'd like to give the poetry page a look.
Send your poems to him either by email at email@example.com or USPS at :
100 Park Drive, Apt 522
Maumelle, AR 72113
CONTACT MAGAZINE DIRECTLY FOR MORE INFORMATION
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"What an astonishing thing a book is. It is a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts, on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person. [...] Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. Books are proof that humans are capable of working magic." -- Carl Sagan
The Spots Magazine has been re-designed and will have lifestyle articles from all over our region, not just Hot Springs. To find out more information contact Marisa Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Springs is a newspaper-type periodical that is widely distributed in Hot Springs and made available to all tourists. The editors would like to have a section devoted to the Village. To ask questions or to submit announcements and articles contact JoAnne Mangione at email@example.com Deadline for submissions is the 15th of each month.
You might want to attend some of these fine writing conferences scheduled to be held in Arkansas and neighboring states.
Monthly meetings will now be held at the Coronado Center from 1 - 3 PM. We will charge a small fee of $3 to cover the cost of renting the room..
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. -- Anonymous
I’m writing my next book under a pseudonym. It will be Mark Twain’s best young adult romance. -- Benson Bruno
The Critique meets at the Chamber of Commerce (West Gate) on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
Material for the critique is usually 2,000 words or less, emailed in .pdf format to all members of the group by the end of the week before the meeting.
Critiques are intended to be constructive and helpful, always focused on the work, not the writer. Copy editing/formatting aid is usually done beforehand on the material and brought to the meeting, but not discussed in any detail.
Oral critique usually concerns plot, characterization, reader interest, etc.
A list of critique group members is not currently available for posting.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. -- Samuel Johnson
There are just three rules for writing -- but nobody knows what they are. -- Somerset Maugham
Cut out all the exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald